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How robust are Canada, U.S. relations?

By Stephen Blank      

The bottom line seems to be—thus far—that notwithstanding thicker post-9/11 borders, the Great Recession, and two years of Trump, life does go on. 

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, pictured with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, during his trip to Ottawa on May 30. Mr. Pence met with the prime minister to push for the ratification of the new NAFTA deal. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Senior Ottawa policymakers were undoubtedly shocked in the first months after the U.S. presidential election. Indeed, the Trudeau government has seen many of its global aspirations upset by Trump, from the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the Paris climate accord to the Iran nuclear deal, to say nothing about hopes for better relations with Washington. 

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